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Shaw on David Parry: "Hes just hard to keep out of the backfield.
#CardCamp13 Day 3: Shaw Quotes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/14/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford football held its third preseason practice Wednesday afternoon and its second with media availability. On a day that saw the program garner its highest preseason ranking in the Sports Illustrated preseason poll, at No. 2, Stanford put on shoulder pads for the first time this season

Here is what David Shaw, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, had to say following practice.

Head Coach David Shaw on his reaction to the team being in shoulder pads for the first time ...
“It was good to get their pads on. As usual it wasn’t perfect. It was physical, which was good and we kind of needed that after two days without the shoulder pads on. It got a little testy, which isn’t a bad thing. We got a lot done and there was a lot to grade and a lot to evaluate.”

Shaw on developing what is nationally recognized as a tough, physical team …
“Bottom line (we) obviously recruit smart kids but we only recruit tough kids. And we recruit size... big kids who are tough and athletic. It’s hard to make kids tough who aren’t tough. In my opinion you have to recruit tough kids.”

Shaw on his feelings about social media usage among his players …
“We talk about it a lot. I don’t try to control necessarily what they do or say. I try to give them guidelines that keep them out of trouble, and I’m not even talking about NCAA trouble or Stanford trouble or football team trouble; I’m talking about personal. This is the way the world is going. You want to put things out there that are reflective of who you are and who you want to be.”   

Shaw on his reaction to football players supporting former Stanford women’s tennis star Nicole Gibbs during the Bank of the West Classic, which was held at the Taube Family Tennis Center  …
“It’s the Stanford community, it’s what we do here. And that actually started with Nicole tweeting me saying and ‘hey let’s get some football players out here.’”

“It’s great that we go to a football game and you see women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s volleyball and baseball. When you go to baseball games, there are entire football sections… It’s kind of the community because Stanford’s a hard place to get into and once you get in, you’re part of that club and these guys recognize that and support each other.”

Shaw on the early production from tight ends and wide receivers …
“It’s still early with the first day of pads for the tight ends in particular. It’s been nice to see Luke Kaumatule come off the summer bigger than he was, 265 now, moving really now. We’ve got some young guys who are still figuring it out. Kyle Murphy, of course, can go in there and help us which is phenomenal.”

“Receiver- wise, guys have made a lot of plays and have a certain confidence and the quarterbacks have confidence in them which is huge. Devon Cajuste, Ty Montgomery and Michael Rector have made plays every day, those guys in particular.”  

Shaw on which players stood out today …
David Parry had a heck of a day today. He’s so powerful and quick off the ball; he’s gained 10 pounds so he’s over 300 pounds (now). He’s just hard to keep out of the backfield.”

Shaw on what he’s seen from the outside linebackers position …
“I’ve seen two human beings that are extremely hard to block. Both are very physical; both play with the attitude that we want to play with. They know I personally don’t care who starts because they’re both going to play. We’re going to need both of them they’re both great pass rushers; they’re both great against the run, they’re both extremely physical. I love them both and we’re going to need them both.”

Shaw on his reaction to the Sports Illustrated article on Shayne Skov and the Cardinal’s No. 2 preseason ranking …
“I haven’t seen the article yet (but) I’ve seen the cover. I think it’s outstanding. I’ve talked to people at SI – they were really excited about the article. I heard from multiple people they’d love to make it into a book – that’s how much information they got and they had to cut it down to fit into an article. The young man’s got a fascinating story and he’s a guy that you root for.”   


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